MIPS: Loan Acquisition and Maintenance
We have reflected in earlier posts the critical importance of achieving a high MIPS score. Reimbursment, practice value, and professional reputation are all directly impacted by a MIPS score. Here is yet another collateral impact of a MIPS score: the ability to obtain and maintain a loan. A tip of the hat to my friends in the healthcare finance business over at Grice, Pope and Associates who alerted me to this pearl of wisdom.
First, a little financial loan lesson from Wikipedia on the infamous debt service coverage ratio:
So there you have it. The DSCR is based on the documented ability to have enough cash flow to repay a loan. Although there is variation among lenders, a DSCR greater than 1.2 is good enough to obtain a loan. Many providers and practices will find if they are below 1.2 they will have difficulty getting a loan. If your cash available to service a loan should drop, as might occur when a low MIPS score suddenly triggers a reduction in Part B reimbursement, you might be in trouble. You could face difficulty in obtaining a new loan. Even worse, if you have an existing loan with DSCR covenant, you could immediately be in default. In 2019 potential Part B negative adjustments can be up to 4% and will increase 9% in 2022. Forewarned is forearmed.
The reasons to make a priority of achieving a high MIPS score continue to mount. Next week I’ll have another one for you.